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The Role of Patient Preferences in Deprescribing

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© 2017 Elsevier Inc. Polypharmacy and the use of inappropriate medications has become an increasing problem globally. Deprescribing has gained attention as a means to rationalize medication use. Deprescribing interventions have been shown to be generally feasible and safe; in the few studies in which patient preferences are assessed, such interventions also seem to be acceptable to patients. Qualitative studies suggest that patients are interested in reducing medications, may need education about their medications to facilitate deprescribing, and highly value communication with their providers around deprescribing. This article focuses on patient preferences for deprescribing and highlights practical recommendations to overcome barriers to deprescribing.

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Author(s): Holmes HM, Todd A

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: Clinics in Geriatric Medicine

Year: 2017

Volume: 33

Issue: 2

Pages: 165-175

Print publication date: 01/05/2017

Online publication date: 23/02/2017

Acceptance date: 02/04/2016

ISSN (print): 0749-0690

ISSN (electronic): 1879-8853

Publisher: W.B. Saunders


DOI: 10.1016/j.cger.2017.01.004


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